Xi to put Putin's head up for bid with United States
Xi Jinping's status does not allow him to look like a geopolitical bully anymore
The governor of China's northern territories, Putin, has arrived in the capital Beijing to bow to the emperor. He is ready to sell gas to the emperor cheaply, invest the last of his money in the Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline, let Chinese workers who will never leave the Far East, and he has long since accepted that it is not Russia but only China that can speak to the West on equal terms.
“Putin really needs Xi Jinping's support. He is his last hope to end the war in Ukraine at least partially on his own terms.”
But Beijing has its own interests. Xi invited Putin to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Belt and Road Initiative. This is not a military project, but an infrastructure project under which China is building roads and bridges around the world, paving trade routes to the Celestial Empire. Putin was invited to the celebration along with 130 other leaders of countries where China can develop its infrastructure.
The interests of Moscow and Beijing do not coincide in everything. China needs to guarantee rapid economic growth and the global recession caused by the war in Ukraine and now in Israel will not allow it to do so. Putin needs only war. He simply does not know and does not need anything else.
Xi, of course, is also not averse to getting on Washington's nerves in order to talk to it on an equal footing. But Xi Jinping's status does not allow him to look like a geopolitical bully anymore. That's why he has the St. Petersburg hoodlum to show the West that "communist China" is not so bad when compared to "Putin's Russia."
The meeting between Biden and Xi is preliminarily scheduled for November. At that meeting, Xi will put Putin's head up for bid. Of course, if the West offers a good price.
About the author. Serhiy Taran, political scientist
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